Within the island chain known as the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is home to not only the capital of the region, Charlotte Amalie, but also almost half of the population of all the islands in total.
As a major stop on the cruise ship industry, Charlotte Amalie is a port city that is filled with a number of different things to do. From shopping for great duty free goods, to eating at wonderful local restaurants to exploring the city, there is plenty going on both in and outside of the city.
In order to get to St. Thomas, most arrive via cruise ship or through the Cyril E. King airport, located just a few miles outside the capital.
Beautiful Beaches and Marine Parks
Of course, one of the biggest draws to an island like St. Thomas, is the miles and miles of beaches. One of the most popular beaches has to be Magens Bay which has not only a beach area, but bathrooms and showers, lifeguards and food on site. The beach is a great spot to try out some snorkeling or stand up paddleboarding or simply sit on the beach with a great book.
After a day at the beach, head over to Coral World Ocean Park. The park is more than just a typical aquarium type place, with a variety of exhibits visitors can not only see interesting sea life but learn about them as well. The park also offers interactive events like the Sea Trek.
Learn a Bit of History
Like much of the rest of the Caribbean, St. Thomas has been around for quite a long time, so it offers some really interesting history that can’t be found many other places around the world. To visit a historic site on the island, stroll to Blackbeard’s Castle, built in the late 1600s originally as a watchtower, it was rumored to be used later by the pirate known as Blackbeard.
Another great way to learn a bit of the history of the island is to take the Paradise Point Skyride. It climbs to the top of Flag Hill and gives an incredible view of the island and surrounding sea.